A map of proposed districts for the 101 seats in the House of Representatives should be released on the lower chamber’s website Friday, House Speaker Kris Steele said.
The map will be part of House Bill 2145, which contains language and descriptions on the proposed changes, Steele, R-Shawnee, said Thursday.
The information is being released Friday because the House Redistricting Committee is scheduled to take up the legislation Monday. House rules require legislation be available for viewing at least 24 hours before being considered by committees.
To view the map and legislation, go to www.okhouse.gov/
and click on “Redistricting” on the right side of the website. Plans are for the map to be posted Friday afternoon.
“I think this will be the final plan,” Steele said. “Every House member has had a chance to participate in drawing this map,” he said.
Several House members expressed disappointment when sketches of the plan were released a couple of weeks ago.
“I am optimistic that we’re going to get a plan done this year,” Steele said.
“Not everybody is going to be happy and that’s reality. At the same time you realize going into this that it’s a give and take and you have to sacrifice ultimately for the greater good,” he said.
The plan does not involve any incumbent House member being placed in the same district as another incumbent and having to seek the same seat next year, said John Estus, Steele’s press secretary.
The proposal would establish the House districts for the 10-year period beginning in January 2013. Candidates would run for the new districts in next year’s elections.
The Senate also is working on redistricting for its 48 seats, but is not as far along as the House. Both the House and the Senate have to redraw the boundaries before the session ends late this month.
Legislators every 10 years redraw the House and Senate district boundaries. If lawmakers and the governor can’t agree on new lines for the House and Senate districts by the end of this year’s session in May, a commission would take over the task. This never has happened.